Well it is December and that time of year is upon us again when many people shut themselves indoors under fleecy blankets, wearing their onesies, away from the chill outside probably watching Strictly or X Factor! On the other hand there are those festive fellows who embrace the open log fires, woolly hats and gloves and celebrate with the best of them either at the winter markets or the local ale house.
As many in the outdoor wedding industry will agree this time of year does slow down compared with the summer months as the uncertain English weather can be a potential worry to our newly engaged couples. However I am here to tell you exactly how amazing your outdoor winter wedding could really be.
With your essential checklist to help you ensure that even if the heavens were to open, your wedding reception would go off without a wet bridesmaid in sight. I’m here to share with you lots and lots and lots of great ideas, from the invitation design to the scrumptious food and drinks which will all go together to help the celebrations flow.
So pop the hot chocolate on and let me inspire you…….
When planning an outdoor winter wedding you need to make sure you have the following covered:
– Heating to keep all of your guests toasty when they are sitting down to eat. You can hire heaters from your tipi supplier. These are usually floor based heaters which blow warm air into the tipi. The main body of these heaters is kept outside, so they take up very little room but definitely do the job!
– Plenty of outside light to lead you from place to place. In the winter it becomes darker much earlier in the day and you want to make sure you and your guests can move easily from place to place such as the car park and toilets. These can be anything from uplighters, lanterns, festoon walkways or even jars with candles to create a path.
– Walkway flooring and covering to keep your feet dry and clean. It is worth spending the extra money on plenty of walkway to get you to and from the car park and the toilets and if it is also worth thinking about a covered walkway or maybe plenty of umbrellas so that your guests can stay dry.
– A large enough structure for all the guests to fit in at once. In the winter make sure you have a larger structure than you would normally, as for most of the wedding celebrations it is likely that all your guests will be inside the tipi or marquee at the same time and you want to make sure it is not too cramped.
– An enclosed catering tent with flooring and lighting, to make sure you have a happy chef. In the summer it is great to have a hog roast out in the field with a simple gazebo to cover the chef if it rains however in the winter I would definitely hire an enclosed catering tent with flooring and lighting to ensure you caterer can create your delicious wedding breakfast without having to battle with the elements.
– Large luxury toilet trailer – In the winter your guests will not want to queue outside so make sure you go for the larger set of toilets. Also make sure you position them as close to the main tent as possible, again with umbrellas handy or a covered walkway.
– Light, music and dance – You will need a good quality generator supplier for every outdoor wedding celebration. Your tipi supplier should be able to assist you with this but if not make sure you use a silent generator “think about the speeches”, a good size generator “40Kva is perfect as it can run lots of equipment at once” and make sure you have all of the cables and sockets supplied for your bar, DJ, lights, toilets and catering tent.
– Rubbish disposal – Make sure you arrange for either your suppliers “bar and caterer” to take the rubbish away or alternatively you can hire a mini skip.
If you tick everything off this essential list, you should feel confident that you are covered for the English winter weather. Next week I will start to give you some ideas about how you can add some winter magic and sparkle to the rest of your wedding plans.